from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that fishes, as a person or ship engaged in fishing.
  • noun A carnivorous mammal (Martes pennanti) of northern North America, having thick, dark-brown fur.
  • noun The fur of this animal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One whose occupation or sport is the catching of fish; a fisherman.
  • noun The pekan, wejack, black-cat, or Pennant's marten, Mustela pennanti of Erxleben (1777), M. canadensis of Schreber (1778), the largest North American carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidæ and subfamily Mustelinæ with the exception of the wolverene: so called from its habit of catching fish.
  • noun plural In ornithology, specifically, the Piscatores, Totipalmati, or Steganopodes. E. Blyth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who fishes.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela Canadensis); the pekan; the “black cat.”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person or ship that is engaged in fishing.
  • noun A North American marten that has thick brown fur, Martes pennanti.
  • noun The fur of this animal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone whose occupation is catching fish
  • noun large dark brown North American arboreal carnivorous mammal


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  • NYT: 'Sinewy, with bushy tails and beady eyes, fishers weigh 5 to 15 pounds and live on land and in trees. They are mainly carnivorous, typically eating squirrels, mice, voles and other small animals, as well as nuts and seeds. Fishers are also one of the porcupine’s few enemies, killing it by attacking its snout and flipping it on its back.'

    June 11, 2008

  • But I'll bet they don't fly like goats do.

    June 12, 2008

  • 1) It is interesting to compare the article below with this 2011 blog post by mammal zoologist Roland Kays.

    2) Etymology (for the animal):

    The name implies a diet of fish yet it seldom dines on aquatic organisms. Early Dutch settlers noted its similarity to the European polecat (Mustela putorius). Fitchet is a name derived from the Dutch word visse which means 'nasty'. In the French language, the pelt of a polecat is called fiche or fichet.

    (Source: Wikipedia)

    April 30, 2011